« Original Fantasy Vampire and Werewolf Themed Glass Chess Set by Haysom Interiors Fishing Gear Plus Kids Fishing Starter Kit » 3 thoughts on “20″ RC Boat Navy Battle Ship HT-2877 (Color and Exact Model May Vary)” 57 of 58 people found the following review helpful Great Little RC Boat (after minor modification) for the price!, November 17, 2013 By Tourpilot (Los Angeles) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: 20″ RC Boat Navy Battle Ship HT-2877 (Color and Exact Model May Vary) (Toy) Thanks to earlier reviews, I knew to be skeptical about the sea-worthiness of this boat. So, I started by examining it closely and using some sealant to waterproof the hull. Clearly at this price, this boat was not designed or executed with German precision engineering. There was a sizable gap in places along the deck line, where the deck meets with the hull. Had I not taken the time to seal that with silicone, this little boat would probably have take on water and shorted out the electronics. But since i DID seal it up in advance, we now have a perfectly good, and most enjoyable RC boat. We’ve taken it out on major lakes, ponds, pools, etc without any trouble. It’s fairly quick, and the battery lasts longer than other rechargeable RC boats we’ve had. Our four and seven year olds have a blast with it. At the time we ordered this, it was VERY inexpensive, and a good sized boat. As long as you take the time to seal it up in advance with some clear silicone from your local Home Depot (the kind used for water proofing around a sink works well), you’ll have a great toy for the price. Make sure you let the silicon cure overnight, before putting the boat in water. And, you’ll want to be careful NOT to seal up the battery compartment. Just seal up the hull. The battery compartment has it’s own pressure seal (although very cheap), that works just fine. Be careful not to force the plastic cover lever, or it’ll break. Use the silicone sealant sparingly, so you don’t end up with goop sticking out everywhere. A nice, thin bead along the edge of the hull should work just fine. The clear stuff will be less noticeable than any other color, especially once it’s in the water. Our son has thrown the boat into the lake from our pontoon boat, and it did took off like it was meant to be launched just like that. Other reviewers mentioned that the motor has a safety feature, which prevents the propellers from spinning unless the unit sits in water. This is an important feature for little hands. Unfortunately, the instructions that come with the unit aren’t exactly clear on this. On the deck of the ship itself, there is a small “pad” created by two resistors. You may even notice a small arrow with the picture of a finger next to it. This is supposed to let you know that you can test the motor by placing your finger on that “pad” while the boat is out of the water. Had it not been for earlier reviewers, I too might have thought the motor is broken. I was a bit surprised by the safety feature on this boat. I guess cheap doesn’t have to mean stupid or dangerous. Look, “real” RC boats can easily cost hundreds of dollars, so you can’t expect a whole lot here. I don’t understand other commenters who wrote “cheap Chinese junk”. And? Show me another toy that will cost as little and do as much, made in the USA? We paid under $30 for this setup, and at that price, this was a great buy. Just remember to seal it first. Once the electronics are wet, that’s it. It’s a paper weight. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 21 of 22 people found the following review helpful Can Be a Great Watercraft if You (owners and parents) Take The Proper Precautions, October 16, 2013 By Kyle Slayzar (Bismarck, ND) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: 20″ RC Boat Navy Battle Ship HT-2877 (Color and Exact Model May Vary) (Toy) My buddies and I, being the super nerds that we are, are fascinated with RC craft since our occupational budgets don’t allow for real boats or airplanes. We’re also big photography nuts that love GoPro and see what we can mount them on. Wanting to combine the two and after having waay too much Mountain Dew one night around the bonfire, we gathered around my laptop to find a decent RC watercraft to experiment on. After a fair degree of research we decided on the HT-2877 boat you see before you. We knew it would be cheaply made and the horror stories we kept reading about certainly made our eyebrows take the Spock direction (upward). To us, this would be a challenge to make the rig worthy of field tests to not only carry a GoPro (which weighs 5.7 ounces when fully loaded) but trek on open water with minimal current. When the craft arrived, we got together and examined it. First off, there’s no instructions at ALL. This is lame. I know English is, allegedly, the most difficult language to learn but… darn. Pay me and I’ll write them myself. Fortunately, the craft is very simplistic but there are a few things owners and parents should know. 1: The propellers only engage when placed in water. This is a safety feature to protect not just the propellers but the hands of any children that to play with it out of water. Again, THIS BOAT WILL NOT ENGAGE THE ENGINE UNLESS IT IS IN THE WATER! 2: Battery takes around 6-8 hours to fully-charge with a 20-25 minute operational window depending on current. This means that you have 20-25 minutes to play with it before the batteries require another charge. Mine went 22 minutes before dying and that was in an inlet on the Missouri River with a 35-mph headwind and carrying a GoPro (yes, we got it to carry it albeit with a few modifications). 3: The controller only drains batteries when engaged as there is no on-switch. This is handy unless you stash it in a bag and it accidentally engages and drains the batteries. Another reason to have the water-activation safety feature. 4: The controller has one speed and two gears only: forward and reverse. Nothing in between. With the GoPro and SWATH rig attached (two 20oz Coca-Cola bottles, which earned it the nickname the “SS Coke-Float”), we were able to achieve a max speed of 5mph, 9-10 without. 5: *MOST IMPORTANT* Many horror stories surrounded how unreliable the craft is in that it can sink after a while or there are leaks in the hull. Lemme just come out and warn you all right now: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! Don’t expect this boat to jump out of the box and fjord the Rio Grande like a Duran Duran song… crap, now the song’s in my head *goes to download Greatest* This craft is cheaply made in China and will not survive many water voyages if you do not take the proper precautions. My buddies and I knew this going in and took the following precautions. 1: We purchased some marine sealant (which is really cheap) and industrial adhesive and spent an hour sealing the hull. Every crease, every connection, every angle, was covered in sealant to the point where we actually tested it by submerging it in the bathtub for five minutes, took it out, and saw how much water had seeped into the hull: none and the boat still functioned normally. 2: We charged the battery for exactly 12 hours as over-charging can ruin the battery. 3: After each test, we dried the boat before removing the water-sealed compartment to retrieve the battery. 4: We tested it in calm waters before attempting a real field test (McDowell Dam). After charging, test it in the bathtub to see if it’s functional and ready to go. I know, this is a lot of prep work for something that SHOULD work out of box but, with THAT kind of price you should expect a tradeoff of some kind. However, with the proper prep work and sealing the hull, the HT-2877 can be a very fun craft that can last. To date, we’ve done three field tests with very good results and the footage is fantastic! Parents, this can be a great opportunity for you to explore crafting, safety, and building with your children as the steps we took can be quite a bonding experience. Don’t see the lacking hull designs as a fault but a challenge to be overcome and cheap challenge at that. I plan on using the last few days of good weather to take it out to a few ponds and get some shots for a promo I’m doing for local Parks and Rec and, some days, I get too caught up in playing with the rig to realize I’m out doing a job. Such is life. 🙂 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 42 of 50 people found the following review helpful love it, September 30, 2011 A Kid’s Review This review is from: 20″ RC Boat Navy Battle Ship HT-2877 (Color and Exact Model May Vary) (Toy) the boat is fun and it goes about 5 mph it is fun to drive it is easy to stear and it worth the price Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.